So, after the Maypole and Yule projects, I had the idea that for group-based performance to work in the SCA, it needs to be flexible, adaptable, and somewhat spontaneous. This goes against the traditional model of fixed, practiced and rehearsed. But it is showing itself to be true again.
Our 12/28 practice was canceled due to funeral; the one on 1/6 got ice-stormed out. So here it is, the week of the performance, and we haven't had an all-cast practice. Life happens. However, advance publicity has already gone out. That was my brainstorm - we'd all buckle down if we knew they were expecting us, right?
(I'm not pointing fingers, because I'm not off-book yet, either. Note to self: Just after a major holiday involving much travel is a bad time to plan a performance debut.)
So. We will "drop back ten and punt." The musicians have their parts down, so that's a relief. The Narrator can conveniently hold a folder with the lyrics and sing the whole thing, so that we no longer have the actors worried about lines. The actors just have to pantomime in an amusing fashion.
"Just." And there's a fight scene. Still, our group has awesome talent and I expect the result to be good fun. Perfect and polished? No. But fun. And flexible and adaptable.